Aug 18, 2014Oh boy, is this a bad one. Ya, it's based on a TERRIBLE movie, but that doesn't mean the game itself should be judged by anything other than its own merits. But if you are looking to write this game off, trust me, it manages to be a totally terrible game all on its own. It's a downright embarrassing product from Rebellion; another damn movie licensed cash grab.
So the plot basically follows the movie, where you are a Predator, sent to contain the alien infestation. This is messed up in so many ways it's hard to even count. Firstly, they want you to burn Facehugger corpses, when LIVE aliens are already rampage all over the town and woods, activity murdering everyone in sight. The military is already coming in to deal with the aliens, so obviously Humans know about them. There's really no point trying to cover this up. Secondly, with the infestation as bad as it is, I question why they'd only send in ONE Predator to try to clean this up by hand. Logically, they should just nuke the town, covering it up as a big explosion. You're also tasked with getting rid of evidence of your own race's(Predator) existence, because a Predator ship crash is what caused this whole mess, but again, simply nuking the whole area would have dealt with that.
The next thing that bothers me is the fact that you're expected to protect Humans. When they die, you lose "Honor" points, even if you didn't kill them. Since when is the Predator expected to go out of his way to defend Humans??? I'm not Batman, or some cop, I'm a Predator, if you die to Aliens, that's your problem. Very stupid this is. And since the game is so scripted, Aliens basically spawn and go straight for Humans, making them hard to protect, especially when they have guns and will happily shoot at you just as much as Aliens. You'll lose many with little to no time to do anything about it. Thankfully, it's not like you "have" to do care, as "Honor" points are nothing more than a pointless number plaguing an area of your screen. You can totally ignore this stupid design flaw and just let the Humans die(or better yet, kill them yourself, now that's really something they should punish you for) But the Honor Point system, as it is, does nothing for the game and you wish you could just turn it off, yet the game insists on tracking the pointless score and showing it at "all" times as if you have any reason to care about it. It reminds me of Hitman Absolution, another game insistent on having a totally pointless score box on your screen at all times that you couldn't care any less about yet can't turn off.
So after all that crap, we get to the graphics... and they are pretty damn terrible. I just reviewed 3rd Birthday, which was a fantastic looking game, and had a large amount of high quality cutscenes, so I know for a fact that the console can do much better than this. And this game itself is pretty short too, lacking almost any voice in it. Where the hell did all the disc space go? Was it used up on that single enemy model you fight again and again throughout the whole game? Oh, I'm sorry, there's actually 2 Alien models, but the second one just has a slightly different head.(It's technically a Praetorian, but you rarely see them, and they aren't bigger like they should be) A lot of Humans look the same, and trees or walls are nothing special. This is literally a shell of what you expect a game to be, as if unfinished.
Combat doesn't do anything to save the day, as you basically spam 1 button to kill anything in sight, using either claws or a combo stick. The Plasma Caster(Shoulder Cannon's real name) is extremely ineffective at doing anything other than shooting plasma into walls all around what you're trying to hit. The disc isn't much better. Both are rendered rather pointless anyway because every alien is melee, running right up to you to die to your stick very easily, and you have no reason to fight Humans as opposed to cloaking and running away. You could kill Humans... if you really want to... but it'll do little to make this dull game entertaining.
Did I mention the game is buggy as hell, with Aliens constantly clipping on walls or obstacles? Well, I'm mentioning it. The game is buggy as hell. Aliens constantly clip on walls and obstacles. I don't expect them to be smart, but I do expect them to actually work. Btw, this game runs rather poorly. The animations are pathetic.
In summery, this game is complete crap, and I wouldn't recommend that you spend the smallest dime on it. It's hard to get even 1 hour of entertainment out of this boring ugly repetitive broken buggy mess. This is yet another cash grab off a movie license, putting in the bare minimum of effort required to get it out to store shelves. If you want to play a real AvP game, go get yourself AvP2 or AvP2010. Both of those were very good. This game however, don't go anywhere near. It's just Shovelware from Rebellion.
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